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Pre-war cars supercharge Bonhams’ Scottsdale docket

Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos
Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos

Owners have consigned two famed and supercharged pre-war cars to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale auction. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi and a Zagato-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 gran sport spider have been added to the docket for the sale scheduled for January 19 at the Westin Kierland resort. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Harley Davidson XLCR Sportster

The black Harley-Davidson XLCR Sportster has a menacing look
The black Harley-Davidson XLCR Sportster has a menacing look

I have been a fan and collector of classic motorcycles, primarily British, German and Italian bikes from the ’60s and early ’70s, since I was 19 years old.  That being said, the one motorcycle brand I have never given much time or thought to is Harley-Davidson.

Although I have even owned around nine Harleys over the years, I never dug into the company’s history and never really became a fan. Continue reading

The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run begins snowy trek in Boston

The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos
The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos

LeMay-America’s Car Museum, in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,  put three vintage cars on the harsh winter roads of New England today to start a 2,100 mile, classic car road rally to the Motor City.

“The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run” fleet consists of a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe. The bright-red classics were chosen for their representation of Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers, and the moving tribute to America’s automotive heritage is meant to remind us of the personality, ingenuity and dependability of Detroit Iron. Wannabe automakers Google and Apple should take note. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 5 – Rookies win at Pebble Beach

Double firsts: First-time entrant and first Lancia to win best of show at Pebble Beach | Concours photo by Ron Kimball
Double firsts: First-time entrant and first Lancia to win best of show at Pebble Beach | Concours photo by Ron Kimball

One of the most unlikely things happened at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this year. Actually, make that two of the most unlikely things happened because not only did a first-time entrant won best of show, but with a marque, Lancia, that was also a first-time best of show winner at the world’s most prestigious concours.

The car was a 1936 Lancia Astura, one of either four or six such cars built, depending on which source you cite, and was a nice restoration of a car originally designed by Pininfarina. The car was formerly the property of guitar legend Eric Clapton and was a car that he loved owning. Continue reading

Nembo Spyder auction to benefit helicopter rescue team

Richard Allen's Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos
Richard Allen’s Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos

As the story goes, around 1960, engineers Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini left the Maserati racing team to launch their own workshop in Modena, Italy. At first, they produced spare parts needed for sports and racing car owners, but soon they were shaping sheet metal, creating their own bodywork, often taking unused Ferrari chassis and wrapping them in stunning shapes.

The Ferrari 250GT “Breadvan” was one of their projects, and they also were involved in Count Giovanni Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima. Later, after Bonacini left the firm, Neri would supply the distinctive side strakes for the Ferrari Testarossas of the 1980s. Continue reading

Motor City sets scheduled for Autopalooza 2017 events

Iconic Imperial tail lamps at the 2016 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan | Larry Edsall photo
Iconic Imperial tail lamps at the 2016 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan | Larry Edsall photo

We are quick to criticize Detroit automakers for not making more of their heritage as the Motor City, especially compared to their European counterparts which have beautiful museums that celebrate their automaking history and which also regularly participate in vintage car events and shows. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery

The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada
The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada

The Pick of the Day is an unlikely vehicle from the ’50s that most people probably have never seen or even knew existed. The 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery is one of those Canada-only General Motors products that manages to look alien and familiar at the same time. Continue reading

Collector consigns 145 vehicles for Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

A 1929 Studebaker President roadster is powered by a straight-8 | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1929 Studebaker President roadster is powered by a straight-8 | Barrett-Jackson photos

A wide-ranging group of 145 cars from the Charlie Thomas collection will be sold at no reserve during Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction, January 14-22 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The diverse collection ranges from pre-war classics to muscle cars, from European compacts to American luxury cars, street rods, sports cars, even a couple of boats, all of them described as being in excellent condition. The vehicles were hand-picked over the years by Thomas, a Texas auto dealer, banker and real estate professional, who also is the former managing partner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 7 – Automobilia soars at Mecum Road Art auction

Dan Mecum gazes at the Musgo gasoline sign that sold for a stunning $230,000 | William Hart photos
Dan Mecum gazes at the Musgo gasoline sign that sold for a stunning $230,000 | William Hart photos

During 2016, the collector car hobby reached new heights and widths in excess. Premium collector cars raised the ceiling on world-record sales prices, while such complimentary interests as classic motorcycles, automobilia, petroliana, automotive art, garage accessories and car condos filled out the hobbyist lifestyle experience.

Barrett-Jackson, Mecum and other auction houses have raised the profile of vintage automobilia with inclusion at their classic car sales, making the case that no garage or car collection is complete without accompanying regalia. Continue reading

Shop Hop: Student field trip as rolling job fair

Shop Hop gives students up-close look at automotive careers -- and more | RPM Foundation photos
Shop Hop gives students up-close look at automotive careers — and more | RPM Foundation photos

The collector car lament goes something like this: Who’s going to want my cars after I’m gone, and even if someone wants them, who’s going to know how to work on them so they can be driven and enjoyed?

But not everyone in the collector car community is lamenting. Some are working to make sure there’s not only a group of people eager to own those cars, but also a group of young people eager to learn and to apply the skills needed to keep those cars on the road as Henry and Carroll and Ettore and Enzo intended. Continue reading